Ben Ray has released two full collections (Indigo Dreams Publishing 2019 & 2016) and has work in various anthologies (Seren Books 2019) and literary journals. He has been longlisted in various awards such as the 2019 National Poetry Competition and has performed at literary festivals and events across the UK. He recently presented his paper ‘Poetry & Climate Change’ at the 2019 World Youth Forum and has performed a run of one-man poetry shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where he slept on the floors of various audience members.
These poems reveal a canny understanding of life and language – and the landscapes that give rise to them. Ben has built a fascinating ‘future library of shades’ which will haunt the reader long after the book has closed. – Nancy Campbell, 2018 Canal Poet Laureate
A raw and intimate collection that moves with tenderness and humour through politics and war, land and love. Ben Ray has a unique ability to look at the complexities of the human experience with precision and distance, intimacy and removal, creating something that seems to both expand and enclose the human heart. – Rebecca Tantony
Here is a wide-ranging and distinctive poet who has already marked out his territory – a writer to watch. – Jonathan Edwards, winner of the 2014 Costa Book Award for Poetry